Become A Mentor

A mentor does not give advice, rather helps the mentee to weigh up situations, through a process of reflection, questions, challenge and feedback allowing the mentees to come to a decision themselves. The mentor will conduct him or herself with dignity and will act in a way that respects diversity and promotes equal opportunities.

Considering being a mentor? Here are pointers from the code of conduct:

  • The mentor will ensure the mentee accepts increasing responsibility for managing the relationship; the mentor will empower them to do so and will promote the mentee’s autonomy.
  • Mentors should never work beyond the bounds of their capability, experience and expertise to the point where they do not feel confident in providing the mentee with proper support. Where appropriate, mentors should seek advice or refer mentees to another point of contact or enterprise support professional. If they are not aware of an appropriate route of referral they should raise the situation with their key contact.
  • The mentor’s role is to respond to the mentee’s needs and agenda; it is not to impose their own agenda.
  • Mentors have a responsibility to highlight any ethical issues (such as conflicts of interest) that may arise during a mentoring relationship at the earliest opportunity.
  • Mentors should not attempt to do the mentees’ job for them - the mentee has the ability and the potential, the mentor’s job is to help them realise it.